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Human Resources

The key elements of manpower planning
If material resources can be systematically programmed, why can't the same approach be applied to human resources? That's what manpower planning attempts to do.

Goal Setting
Many authorities on business management identify five functions of management: planning, organising, directing, controlling and coordinating. The planning and controlling functions often get less attention from managers of business than they should. One way to strengthen both of these functions is through effective goal setting.

Here's how you can make delegation work
Delegating work, responsibility and authority is difficult because it means letting others make decisions which  involve, among other things, spending company money.

People — Our Most Vital Resource
The Australian or New Zealand business executive is constantly being reminded that we have a critical shortage of skilled, professional and managerial manpower which may throttle our economic growth.

The Human Manager
As we progress technologically, so our purely human problems seem to become more and more intractable. In our eagerness to innovate, we unintentionally distort values. To redress the balance, we need to re-evaluate our concepts of what makes a well-balanced life.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Sales Management
by John Treace
I have been part of many business turnarounds in my career, and in all situations I have noted the errors consistently made by sales management, all of which negatively impact team morale and sales. Here are seven of the deadly sins of sales management.

Best Recruiting Tips
By Anony Mili
Human Resources: Best recruiting tips to make the right hire.

The aging population and the skills shortage
by Alison Stieven-Taylor
Right now millions of baby boomers are approaching retirement. Couple this with birth rates at an all time low or in serious decline in the US, UK, Australia, Germany and other developed countries, and the workforce of the future is in serious jeopardy. And potentially headed for even more challenges as we enjoy better health and live longer.

Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit
by Alison Stieven-Taylor
The word entrepreneur conjures various descriptions depending on whom you talk to.  Some think an entrepreneur is a genius, a person who comes up with ideas that no one else could and turns them into multi-million dollar successes – like the guy who thought of the Post-It Note and made 3M a household name.

How to be an effective team member
by Alison Stieven-Taylor
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford.

The power of the collective
Alison Stieven-Taylor
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Skills shortage - Casting a Wider Net
I recently attended a printing industry forum on the skills shortage, addressed passionately and with conviction by the former Federal Minister, Dr Sharman Stone. The debate included various strategies on attracting and retaining  employees, which I believe is a topic currently exercising all our minds.

Workplace Agreements are here to stay, in spite of a Labor Government
The ASGA (Australian Sign  Graphic Association) Queensland Branch held a very informative evening on the 6th February 2008 on the subject of Workplace Agreements where a working template was discussed by its author, Warwick Ryan of Central Coast Business Lawyers. The template is free of charge to all ASGA financial members.

Why would anyone work for you?
By James Cryer
Retaining candidates / employees has become an increasing issue in the printing industry. Therefore it is important for employers to look at a whole range of benefits - not all monetary - when they seek to attract, and retain good candidates - one of the toughest challenges currently facing us, as an industry.

How to find a good sales rep
by James Cryer
May I toss a few thoughts into the melting-pot on one of the most vexing issues which companies face: how to pick a successful sales rep.
 My first problem with that proposition is that it is the wrong question. To my mind, it should be: how to pick a sales rep that will be successful for (or with) our company. That is a far more searching question and I will explain why.

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